9 Tips to Help Your Employees Keep Their Heads in the Game – March Madness

March 14th, 2018   •   Employment Agency, Productivity, Staffing, Temp Service, Temporary Staffing   •   no comments   

 So much office productivity is lost during March Madness basketball season. And it isn’t going away anytime soon. So why not make the best of the situation? Who knows? You might even win it all and get bragging rights for the remainder of the year!


9 Tips to Increase Productivity During March Madness

  1. Refs review the rules.

    Supervisors should review the company rules with all staff concerning work breaks and use of the internet for non-work related activities. So everyone is clear on what’s acceptable when it comes to March Madness.

  2. Lead the fast break.

    Set the example by not getting sidelined from duties. If you complete assignments before talking hoops, team members will likely follow your lead.

  3. Diagram the play.

    Set goals and make sure work activities are scheduled for each day. Having them write downHiring - Call Flexicrew a daily to-do list helps them stay engaged.

  4. Team jerseys.

    Let workers wear their favorite team’s apparel or decorate their work areas to get in the mood.

  5. Bring on the competition.

    Think about forming a competition where members can pick their favorites individually or in small groups and winners can rib their work-mates about their success in a friendly way. Your company could even award small prizes to winners.

  6. Stay out of foul trouble.

    Make sure workers put away their cell phones. This helps minimize the impulse to keep sneaking a peek for scores, texts from friends or social media updates that can distract them from their activities.

  7. Grant timeouts. Staying productive doesn’t mean nose to the grindstone 8 hours a day – That’s unrealistic. It’s okay to allow employees 5-minute breaks to review scores, check their brackets, or chat with co-workers about the tourney to re-energize and refocus.
  8. Save it for halftime. Suggest workers schedule lunch times with other March Madness fans. Within a defined time, they can discuss the results and scores to their heart’s content to get it out of their systems during off-company hours
  9. Bring in your bench players. If your team wants to request time off to watch the tournament, have them put in for it in advance so you’re not caught short-handed. That way you can manage workloads and determine if temporary help is to meet required deadlines. If you need, we know a good temp staffing firm (www.flexicew.com) who can help you meet your temporary short-time employment needs.
    Flexicrew has a solid gameplan for maintaining March Madness productivity. Just give us a call and pass the ball into our court.


Ask the Flexpert…What is a JSA and should I be using them?

What is a JSA and should I be using them?


A JSA – Job Safety Analysis – is the most common type of general safety preparation employers can take against health and safety hazards on the job. It is usually a simple form that structures a quick hazard analysis that field supervision can use every day.


A JSA should be done before you start a task, after an accident or near miss, and if a new condition or hazard presents on the job.


How Do I use a JSA?

  1. Step back and examine the job you’re about to perform with fresh eyes, unclouded by routine and alert to potential hazards related to the scope of work. Be the detective and look for clues that you wouldn’t normally look for when performing your task.
  2. Look closely at how a job is done and what sort of tools and machinery people are working with.
  3. Notice any obvious hazards, then look deeper to see if you can uncover any hidden hazards. These are usually not intentionally hidden, they just might need a new set of objective eyes on them to notice the hazard.
  4. Are there controls in place already to prevent injury around the workplace hazards you have discovered? Discuss all hazards with the crew. Also discuss any controls that are in place to eliminate or mitigate them. Any hazards that have not been addressed should be documented and either mitigated or eliminated prior to starting work.
  5. If you’re working with a temp service or an employment agency, be sure to inform them of any hazards that employees need to be aware of.
  6. Everyone on the crew participates in the JSA. The people doing the job everyday are the best detectives!
  7. Fill out the document and get this paperwork in the hands of the Safety and Risk department or management ASAP.


Good detective work! You may have just saved a life.

JSA Job Safety Analysis

6 Ways to Become a Best Place to Work


Best Place to Work - Flexicrew

Usually, an employment agency offering a temp service to their clients have a range of experience with clients who have diverse work processes and office cultures. We thought an employment agency may be a good source to suggest some good tips for becoming a best place to work.


We know we must have boring old rules in the workplace for efficiency and safety. But employees also need to feel satisfied and fulfilled to stay with that company. Comfortable, satisfied employees lead to reduced turnover, reducing costs.


6 Tips for turning your company into a Best Place to Work

Don’t micromanage

An ideal workplace should not micromanage every detail of the work day. Good leadership will encourage all employees to practice quality independent work habits. These habits shouldn’t interfere with the results of others and result in goals being met. Everyone should be encouraged to respect and learn from the style of the others.

Even contractual or part-time workers, provided by a temp service or an employment agency, can and should be given autonomy if they demonstrate good work habits.


Managers should be welcoming and open

All new hires should be recognized as important parts of the company and be introduced as such. If done well, they will feel themselves to be an integrated part of their organization and give their best from the beginning.

New employees should not feel scared of approaching their supervisors or managers in case of any difficulty in doing their work. All team members should receive equal guidance and professional support from company managers.


Give Recognition

Employees crave recognition. Some studies show it is more important than pay or rank. Newer employees should be recognized for even nominal achievements so that they know they are fitting in and growing into the position.

 Sometimes the process of giving some inexpensive token, like a pen or a T-shirt, can also enhance the enthusiasm of employees. If employees have suggestions for changes in the existing system, hear them out. If the suggestion is worth being adopted, great! Give them a shout out for the idea. If not, explain why but encourage them to continue to come to you with new ideas.


Provide Regular Training

Trained employees are better employees. Employees given access to training feel supported in their roles. Also, corporate goals can be regularly reinforced with the latest research and methods related to company processes.

Other added benefits are that well trained employees will be able to deliver better service to clients. Also, these more well-rounded employees are better prepare to move up the corporate ladder when needed.


Point out weaknesses privately

Employees who make mistakes in their work should not be reprimanded in front of others. This can lead to demoralization and animosity among the team.

Rather, call the employee aside and speak privately. Weaknesses can be pointed out quietly and the processes redirected to improve work habits or attitude.


Set reasonable expectations

There is a lot  of info out there on how to set a reasonable workload for employees and when enough is enough.   When it’s too much, the employee turnover rate is high and the corporate reputation suffers. Good potential candidates will think again about working for your company because they don’t want to work in such a stress-filled environment.


Another effect of increased workload is the risk of accidents. Give every employee an amount of work which he/she will be able to complete successfully without error or injury.

Don’t be a workhouse, but a place where everyone comes ready and willing to work and each has a degree of flexibility that they individually control.


Help create happiness and be a Best Place to Work.


By Will Brennan, Oldest Intern in the Staffing Industry

How to hire the right employee – 5 familiar mistakes

February 28th, 2018   •   Common mistakes, Hiring, HR, interview, job profile, Recruiting, Temporary Staffing, Uncategorized   •   no comments   

How to hire the right employee – are you making these mistakes?

How to Hire the Right Employee

Employers must hire enough staff to ensure the smooth operation of the business. But how do you select the right candidate for a position, mainly when there are too many candidates available to interview. In fact, the internal hiring process is rather a difficult matter for all employers.


If a mistake is made during the recruiting stage, the company can face negative consequences of having the wrong sort of employee mix, and maybe some legal issues to boot. It is essential recruiter to recognize and avoid the common mistakes that are made during an interview.


5 Familiar Hiring Mistakes – How an Employment Agency can help hire the right employee


Narrow-minded in hiring

Some employers want all their employees to be alike or just like them, with the same sort of strengths and weaknesses. But in that case, there will be no diversity in their teams and the weaknesses of work culture won’t be rectified by someone who has better work strengths. The recruiter should be impersonal in attitude and consider only the qualities that will suit the company or department’s open position. Temp services provided by the staffing agencies are more impartial in hiring the best candidates for their client companies.


Judging by candidate’s education, name or appearance

Many employers show a preference for a specific educational institution and like to hire graduates from these organizations without properly checking their personal capabilities, which can prove to be a serious mistake. Moreover, the recruiter should not hold any positive or negative notion about a candidate, based on first appearance; since many people can turn out to be valuable assets for their companies, regardless of appearance. These decisions could also lead to serious EEOC and legal ramifications.


Vague idea of demands of the position

The recruiter should set up a questionnaire that will test the exact capabilities of the candidates and their suitability for the open positions. A pre-structured interview will find out the hidden qualities of every candidate, so that the best one can be hired. The services offered by staffing agencies – screening, references, and all-inclusive interview processes – are highly efficient for discovering the most competent employees for their clients.


Not checking skills of the candidates

The recruiter should find out if the candidates have undergone extra training or completed courses, gained licenses or certifications to acquire the skills they will need to fulfill the required job skill set. If the necessary skills are missing, even post-recruitment training cannot help the new employee learn everything he needs to do. Calling past employers to verify stated skills is also important.


Incomplete explanation of job duties to candidates

It is the duty of the recruiter to let the candidates know in detail about their probable job duties in their company. The work culture and the salary structure should also be discussed with the candidates so that the applicant can have the option of backing out at that time if he finds the job not suitable for him.   That will save a lot of grief and extra effort if that person later discovers the job and his skills don’t match or wasn’t what he expected.

Flexicrew Staffing has the expert know-how and resources to help you hire the right employee that you might not find on your own. Let us assist you in finding the right person for your small or mid-size business. Call us TODAY!


“Funny thing, employment. If you keep doing it, you keep getting paid.”

― N.K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods

Flexicrew Companies Sponsor Keynote Speaker

November 3rd, 2017   •   Flexicrew Technical Services, Marketing and Sales, Mobile, Recruiting, SHRM, Staffing, Testimonials   •   no comments   

FTS Managing Partner, Brandon Smith, Continues Support to the Society of HR Managers


Metairie, LA, November 3, 2017– FTS was a key exhibitor and speaker at the annual Society of HR Managers conference, held in Mobile, AL. The Flexicrew Companies sponsored, Ryan Lowe, who gave a speech on, “Get Off Your Attitude: Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life.”

“The Flexicrew Companies are committed to being involved in SHRM chapters in all the markets we serve,” said Flexicrew Technical Services Managing Partner, Brandon Smith. “This was the fourth SHRM conference where FTS has been an exhibitor this year.”

Brandon Smith spoke on November 3rd and his keynote talk gave him the opportunity once again to showcase FTS services to all conference attendees.

“On behalf of the Mobile SHRM Chapter, we extend a warm thank you for your support of the 2017 Gulf Coast HR Conference this year,” said Susie Jones of SHRM. “We realize our Sponsors and Resource Partners make the event successful each year.”


About Brandon Smith

Flexicrew Technical Services Managing Partner, Brandon Smith, is a long time recruitment authority in the staffing industry. For 2016-17 he was awarded a scholarship to prestigious, nationwide Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program where he attended among a unique set of New Orleans area small business leaders.

FTS began operations in January, 2015 and is a leader in technical placements, focused on flexibility, accuracy, and efficient recruitment. It was awarded the 2016 American Staffing Association Genius Award, displaying the most innovative and effective communications in the entire staffing, recruiting and workforce solutions industry.



About The Flexicrew Companies

Flexicrew was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts in 2015 as the 4th fastest-growing staffing company in the U.S. over a 5-year period.  Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, Flexicrew makes use of technology and industry best practices to deliver the most talented and qualified industrial – skilled and unskilled, technical, and professional talent to clients within most major industries. Flexicrew has a presence in over 25 markets across North America with more than 2,000 contractors currently placed in companies throughout the U.S. To learn more, visit http://www.flexicrew.com or www.flexicrewtech.com

If you would like more information about Flexicrew Technical Services or any of our hiring initiatives, please contact Brandon Smith at 504.500.3539 or email at bsmith@flexicrewtech.com.


Everything I Learned About Talent Recruiting I Learned On Halloween

Everything I Learned About Talent Recruiting I Learned On Halloween

Halloween & Recruiting – Sweet Parallels                


Halloween was my second favorite holiday, just behind Christmas.

Each year I’d chart out the neighborhoods and plan where I would trick-or-treat. With a few years of experience under my belt, I knew which houses passed out the best candy.

My friends and I moved in a pack because it was more fun, but mostly for protection from the bigger kids who would try to steal our candy.

The key for us was to visit the most houses so we could to fill the biggest bag of candy. That gave us better odds of getting candy that we liked.  Because for every 6 Starbursts I received (not my favorite) I also got a Snickers (yum). I just hated those stale popcorn balls that were supposed to be ‘healthier.’ Whose idea was that anyway?


That’s just the beginning of a recruiting strategy

In retrospect, I was using good recruiting strategies in search of maximum ‘good’ candies. My strategy to maximize the amount of ‘good’ candy is similar to the goal of recruiters to uncover and hire ‘good’ qualified candidates.

But that’s just the beginning of the recruiting strategy.  Here are a number of parallels that you can use in your recruitment strategy…


Wider range, more candy

My primary Halloween strategy was to reach the greatest number of houses possible.  Then I would go where I knew the houses gave ‘good’ candy. Also, this meant not wasting time walking to neighborhoods with few houses or didn’t give out candy.  The only restriction was our time curfew and/or how inclement the weather was while we were trick-or-treating.

In recruiting, the goals are the same.  You want to use as many ‘good’ sources as possible to get as many qualified candidates as possible – the ones that give the best candidates.

In order to do this, you must look at your past successes and failures in recruiting, analyze which recruitment methods worked or didn’t, then decide what route is best for your team.  Our restrictions may still be time. Maybe you’re on a tight deadline. But the primary concern is usually money – the hiring budget.  You need to decide where is the best place to spend those dollars.


Combing through your Halloween bag

One of the most fun times during the night was seeing what kind of candy I received.  I’d empty my bag (always an old pillow case) and review what I had, sorting the good candy from the candy I wouldn’t eat.  I would put the candy I liked back in my bag for later and then I’d try to trade with friends for candy more to my taste.

Once you have collected a quantity of candidates from your recruiting efforts, start screening through resumes & candidates. Much like splitting the candy, you need your recruiting team to sort candidates into qualified and unqualified for the position.  You want to collect as many qualified candidates as possible to give you a candidate pool with more alternatives and choice.

Don’t forget to look out for candidates whose qualifications don’t fit the position you are recruiting for but may fit another position that needs to be filled.


Making the candy hang in there

After returning home with all my candy, I tried to make it last as long as possible. I squirreled away my candy in the pantry and when my friends had run out after Halloween, I still was hanging in with candy for snacks.

Similarly, you should keep in touch with the ‘good’ candidates that your efforts have dug up. Don’t abandon any. All qualified candidates should be interviewed for the current position and also placed into your database for consideration for future assignments.  Some ‘good’ candidates just aren’t right for the current spot, but may be perfect for a future position.

Just like a kid on Halloween, you need to make sure you are able to optimize the amount of candy or candidates you get from your efforts.  If you use the best recruiting techniques and effectively screen the candidates you have found, you may just have sweet success!

Business is always changing. Flexicrew supports you as your business strategy and recruiting challenges evolve – so you always stay ahead.

If you would like to discuss our strategic recruiting programs, please contact us – we are a treat to deal with.